Students celebrated the inaugural issue of the new school magazine, “Chance’s Hand,” with a launch party at the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs on October 30.
The first issue features drawings, photographs, poems, stories, and reflections from students, faculty and staff.
Georgiana Bull, an English Language Arts teacher in the Therapeutic Support Program (TSP) hopes to publish the magazine every other month. The first issue was copied, but in the future she plans to get it printed and also have it available electronically.
It was purely by chance that students ended up with the magazine cover and title.
It all began with Mrs. Bull’s class reading Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet” and discussing the concept of fate or chance. They also continued working on the fate theme by reading and discussing the play “The Crucible” and the Puritan view of predestination.
While fate was on their minds, students also learned about self-publishing, editing and what makes a good title. When brainstorming for the perfect title for their magazine, it was serendipitous that the students found a drawing of a hand entitled “Skeleton Hand” created by a previous student named Chance. Magazine co-editor tenth grader Tori Barker from Salem High suggested “Chance’s Hand” for the title, which pulled all the pieces together.
The other co-editor, ninth grader Jasmine Harris from Queensbury High School, talked about her role in publishing the magazine. “We go through everything and look for spelling errors and make sure that nothing inappropriate gets in the issue,” she said. “I think it turned out great!”